A modern study issued by King Khalid University (KKU), and prepared by the researcher Salma Nafa Al-Salami, has revealed the ability of technology and social networks to teach the English language by improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The study aimed at determining the impact of the use of technology such as modern smartphones, computer software (electronic dictionaries), social networks (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and blogs), Skype, and YouTube, in learning English as a foreign language. The researcher used the descriptive analytical method and electronic questionnaire to collect data. She also used the statistical analysis software to analyze data (SPSS).
97.2% of female students enjoy using technology in learning the English language
The study was applied on 36 students. The results of the study revealed that most of the students always use technology to raise the level of writing, speaking, reading and listening. Also, 97.2% of female students enjoy using technology in learning the English language, and that 94.4% of students believe that social networks and computer software have an effective impact on improving their English. Results of the study also found that some students believe that YouTube, Skype, and MP3 players have an effective impact on improving speaking and listening skills. Results of the study also revealed that programs like WhatsApp, Twitter, and blogs have contributed greatly to the improvement of the skills of communicating with others, reading, and writing among students. Moreover, most students think that the programs and applications that are used in learning the English language helped to develop their creative abilities.